Rather than our usual feature film, this week Never Repeats looks at two medium-length films: the high-school cowboy adventure Lincoln County Incident and zany kids flick Nutcase.
Lincoln County Incident
Samson Peabody-Jones…Shane Simms
Bar girl…Cornelia Schaap
Bandit leader…Grant McPhie
Chief Inspector Cobblestone…Jon Gadsby
Evil Eva…Nevan Rowe
- Both films are quite difficult to find – the only existing home video releases are in VHS format. If you fancy trying to track them down, NZ Videos has plenty of useful info to get you started. Alternatively, if you happen to live in Wellington, both can be viewed at Ngā Taonga‘s media library.
- As a general rule, we’re viewing films in the order they were released: Lincoln County Incident was shot in 1974, but not screened in New Zealand cinemas until 1980. This rule will become more important later in the ’80s, as a number of films sat on the shelf for several years before receiving a theatrical release.
- Lincoln County Incident began life as a 10-minute short to accompany a rock opera that Tony Brittenden (the art teacher at Lincoln High School) was planning to stage. As the movie grew in scope, the rock opera was abandoned.
- The fun, goofy special effects in Nutcase are the work of Geoff Murphy, following on from his FX work in Donaldson’s Sleeping Dogs.
- We become briefly confused in this podcast over whether Nutcase was developed for TV or theatrical release – further reading seems to suggest that the answer is ‘both’.
- Thanks to Charles at NZ Videos for helping source promotional material for this week’s movies.